Baltimore Ravens Lose to Cincinnati Bengals, Lose Jimmy Smith


Oct 26, 2014; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Baltimore Ravens defensive end Haloti Ngata (92) knocks the ball away from Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) during the fourth quarter at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

The Baltimore Ravens fell to the Cincinnati Bengals, 27-24 in a game that was littered with injuries.  It was the first regular season series sweep by the Bengals since 2009.  The loss was punctuated by the loss of top cornerback Jimmy Smith, who left the game with a sprained left foot.

The Ravens also saw injuries to wide receiver Michael Campanaro and defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan while numerous other players left the field but managed to return.  The Bengals capitalized on the Raven’s issues in coverage as Andy Dalton completed a 53 yard pass to Mohammed Sanu that resulted in the go ahead touchdown which wound up being the nail in the Raven’s coffin.

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Joe Flacco had a rough day, completing only 17 of 34 passes for 195 yards, zero touchdowns, and two interceptions.  Andy Dalton rebounded from several mistakes to complete 21 of 28 passes for 266 yards, zero touchdowns, and one interception.

The Raven’s wide receivers failed to get open for much of the game and running back Lorenzo Taliaferro actually led the team in receiving with 2 catches for 42 yards.  Mohammed Sanu led the Bengals with 5 catches for 125 yards.

Justin Forsett rushed 17 times for 68 yards in a game where Bernard Pierce was inactive.  Lorenzo Taliaferro took over as the second back and added 7 carries for 27 yards and 2 touchdowns.  Giovanni Bernard led the Bengals with 16 carries for 45 yards but left the game with an injury and never returned.

The Ravens defense came into the game leading the NFL in red zone scoring but allowed three touchdowns on five Bengals trips inside the 20’s this week.  Haloti Ngata and Terrell Suggs picked up one sack each while C.J. Mosley added 13 tackles and an interception.

The Ravens head back out on the road next week to face the Steelers in Pittsburgh, while the Bengals host the Jaguars at home.